Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch
Directed by: Oliver Stone
The plot: Ben and his buddy Chon, a former Navy SEAL, make a small fortune by growing marijuana in their southern California town. Then the Mexican Baja Cartel run by Elena and her enforcer, Lado, moves into the town and demands that Ben and Chon work with them. Corrupt DEA agent Dennis urges the trio to agree but Ben and Chon decide to continue their low-key operation alone, incurring wrath of the cartel, which decides to kidnap Ben and Chon's sweetheart Ophelia.
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